GROUNDSWELL PAIRS AT-RISK YOUTH WITH ARTISTS TO CREATE MURALS THAT DI MORE THAN BEAUTIFY COMMUNITIES
" Each year, Groundswell works with around 800 young artists to create about 50 community projects. Since its founding in 1996, the organization has put its paintbrushes to over 500 New York walls. . . "
The project inspires at- risk youth to be creative and to be creative about subjects that matter to them and to the community. The paintings on the streets not only brighten the neighborhoods, but convey powerful messages and give the youth their own voice of what matters.
“For me, the most powerful aspect of this project has been seeing the excitement among everyone who has played a part in the mural as they put their personal stamp on the anonymous space of the community center,” Rob Krulak, the former interim executive director of Groundswell, told The New York Times. “This mural is an act of telling the world and each other about the importance of the people and activities that populate the center.”